Human remains found in search for missing vet

Catherine Gowing
Catherine Gowing has not been seen for more than two weeks Credit: Family picture / North Wales Police

Police searching for the missing Irish vet Catherine Gowing say they have found human remains. Officers from the North Wales Police Search Teams and the Regional Underwater Search Team say they made the discovery in Sealand, Flintshire on Wednesday.

North Wales Police say the remains have not yet been formally identified and that a post mortem is planned for later today.

Following information received by members of the public, recent searches have focused on fields in Manor Road, Sealand. Yesterday search team officers discovered human remains in a shallow pool within the field known locally as the “Lum”.

Catherine Gowing’s family have been informed of this distressing development and clearly our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

– SENIOR INVESTIGATING OFFICER DCI MARK PIERCE
Catherine Gowing on CCTV at ASDA in Queensferry
Catherine Gowing was last seen on CCTV at ASDA in Queensferry Credit: North Wales Police

Catherine Gowing has not been seen since approximately 8.40pm on Friday 12th October 2012 when she was seen on CCTV leaving Asda Supermarket in Queensferry.

She failed to make an appointment over the weekend but police weren't notified until Ms Gowing failed to turn up for work at Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold the following Monday morning.

Her care was found burnt-out close to a disused quarry at Alltami, less than two miles from her home.

Clive Sharp has been charged with the murder of the missing vet. The 46 year old told the court he was of no fixed abode, but is believed to have had an address at the Coed y Parc Industrial Estate in Bethesda in Gwynedd, North Wales.